Make declawing ILLEGAL in USA to cats!
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Declawing a cat, is NOT simply removing the nail. It is a surgery which removes the whole phalanx (up to the joint), including bones, ligaments, and tendons! To remove the claw, the bone, nerve, joint capsule, collateral ligaments, and the extensor and flexor tendons must all be amputated. In human anatomy, it would be comparable to cutting off a persons finger at the last joint of each finger! Even after the amputation is done, that doesn't mean the pain is over. Complications of this amputation can be excruciating pain, damage to the radial nerve, hemorrhage, bone chips that prevent healing, painful regrowth of deformed claw inside of the paw which is not visible to us, back and joint pain as shoulder, leg and back muscles weaken due to cats naturally walking on their toes and having the tips cut off. Many declawed cats also often have behavioral issues after amputation.
This uncalled for amputation needs to be illegal, and considered as animal cruelty. We need to reach out to the House of Representatives and the Senate and get a law in place now!
So what will happen if we don't make a law against declawing? We have thousands of cats that are in extreme pain, and have behavioral issues due to not understanding they can't defend themselves as a cat does. More cats will end up in the shelters and be killed every day, due to an unnecessary cruel procedure.
There are many other options other than declawing your cat. Just a few options are nail caps, adversion methods and trimming the nails. There are nail caps, that are placed over the claws and safely protect the cats, and the owners couches. Nail caps grow out will the growth of the cats claws, and new can be reapplied. Many retailers sell adversion products to help cats avoid scratching furniture, whether it be spray, tape or tin foil. Trimming cat claws depends on each individual cat whether they allow it or not. If you trim the claws, snip only the white part of the claw. The pink part of a cat's nail, is called the quick, where the nerves and blood vessels are. Do NOT cut this sensitive area. The more you trim the nail, the less it grows. Also always have cat scratchers available for cats.
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